This is not my Nerbert. This image represents what my Nerbert use to be. It was similar to the blister on the left though not raised. It was more under the skin. ( This pic is not my finger, I stole it from the internet when researching whatever Nerbert could have been before seeing a doctor.) Sadly I do not have any infant pictures of Nerbert.
I wish I started documenting Nerbert early on, but I never assumed it would get this bad. I had Nerbert from Dec 2015 till the end of Feb 2016. This is on the day when I finally gave in and went to see a doctor.
FYI – For those wondering why I didn’t seek medical treatment early; well I had no health insurance when this started and had to wait for my new insurance to kick in. Trust me, it would have never gotten this bad if I had insurance when it started.
Nerbert did not cause me any pain, but he use to “sweat” daily. I had to take stock out the band-aid market in order to keep Nerbert clean and dried. Like a baby he started off only needing a small circle bandage and finally graduated to large bandages. I had to change them multiple times a day.
Nerbert was able to be lifted up and there was only a tiny stalk keeping us together. I was tempted to cut off circulation via dental floss but did not want to add additional injury.
End of February. I ended up having to visit a hand surgeon to get Nerbert removed. I was rather nervous thinking that Nerbert was some form of cancer, but the doctor did not seem phased by seeing him. He did comment that it was larger than most he has seen and brought in his intern to inspect it. He thought it weird that I wanted to document this. He did not let me keep Nerbert once removed.
Saying goodbye to Nerbert. This was taken right before surgery began. It was an in-office procedure that literally took all of 10 mins to perform
He had to numb my finger and it made it feel like it was being filled with cement. It did not hurt, but was rather uncomfortable.
My husband says that Nerbert looks like a shriveled up shrimp in this picture. It shrunk down once removed but as you can see it was rather big.
I made the comment “There isn’t that much blood” shortly before my finger decided to open the flood gates and begin to pour. Doc had to re-bandage me twice before the bleeding calmed down.
Two weeks later. The process has been slow. Doc cauterized my wound and I went through a lot of pain. Because I avoided using that finger for a long time, my hand had to re-adjust to using it again. The wound itself didn’t hurt, but my hand and arm would go numb and I couldn’t press my palm down all the way. I have to wear a brace and I get shooting pains daily.
This is my finger today. I am afraid Nerbert might return as the wound is rather purplish and raised. My hand/arm pain has decreased and I have been doing exercises to stretch my tendons and muscles more. Doc was not concerned about my inability to use my arm and hand. I go back in another two 1/2 weeks for another check up.
The original poster went on to say that Nerbert was the result of her body’s own immune system in overdrive… that her body forgot to stop healing and continued to build.